An event was held on Tuesday to raise funds to assist victims of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in China. As of Friday morning, Feb 14, almost 60,000 people have been infected with the novel corona virus Covid 19 with 1,369 dying of the disease and over 6,100 recovered in China.
Organized at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane Capital, the event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Douangdy, Vientiane Mayor Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, government officials and representatives of companies and organisations.
Laos and China have a longstanding friendship and have always helped each other so we would like to collect funds to buy important equipment to assist the Chinese people, said Vice Mayor Sihoun Sitthileuxay.
China is currently in need of face masks and hand sanitisers. Organisers urged companies wanting to support the fundraising effort and assist people in China to contact the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
The outbreak of Covid-19 was found in December in Wuhan and then the disease has spread to other provinces across China and to over two dozen countries across the globe.
Laos has announced no cases of the virus have been confirmed in the country.
Chinese authorities on Thursday stressed differentiated measures for different regions to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak at a high-level meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, according to Xinhua.
The leading group of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak also demanded efforts to improve patient treatment and expedite research on drugs.
Source: Lao News Agency